Karen Martini to head Longest Lunch at Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

(L-R) Nicky Riemer, Karen Martini and Lauren Eldridge at Victoria Gardens, Prahran. Photography: James Morgan

The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival returns next March, and on the lineup is a Karen Martini-led Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunch celebrating International Women’s Day.

Kicking off at midday on March 8, the Longest Lunch will see some 1,600 diners come together over 500 metres of table within Prahran's Victoria Gardens.

And helping Martini (chef, restaurateur, and television presenter) with the menu is an all-female chef team, made up of Nicky Riemer (head chef, Bellota Wine Bar) and Lauren Eldridge (group pastry chef, Van Haandel Group).

“Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunch is a landmark event on the Festival calendar and we are thrilled that we will be joined by three of Melbourne’s most talented female chefs to mark the achievement of women in hospitality on International Women’s Day," says Food + Wine Victoria CEO Anthea Loucas Bosha.

“Add to this a stunning garden setting in Prahran’s Victoria Gardens - the perfect nod to Victoria’s heritage as the Garden State - and we have the makings of a very special day.”

World’s Longest Lunch was founded in 1992, during the first ever Melbourne Food & Wine Festival.

The 2019 Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunch takes place on Friday March 8 at Victoria Gardens, Prahan.

The Festival runs March 8 to 24, 2019, with the full program to be released on November 27, when tickets go on sale.

For further information, please visit mfwf.com.au.